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Wednesday, 25 June 1930

Senator DUNN (New South Wales) . - The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Pearce), who has condemned the action of the Government in introducing the rationing system in the Defence Department, should remember that this system was first adopted by the Bavin Government of New South Wales. No attempt was made by that Government to give preference to returned soldiers, many of whom were compelled to either leave their positions or submit to a substantial reduction in salary. Owing to the world-wide depression, the rationing system has been introduced in many countries. The Leader of the Opposition, when in charge of the business of this chamber, intimated that 1,200 postal en>ployees were to be dismissed and that linemen receiving £4 10s. a week had, in consequence of the allowances made to them, been able to purchase farms. But when the present Government came into office it decided that. -there should be no dismissals. The Leader of the Opposition, in speaking on a motion moved by Senator

O'Connor, in 1902, said-

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